The BEST Chicken-Style Seitan Cutlets [Vegan]

BEST Chicken-Style Vegan Seitan Cutlets

Confession: before going vegan I’ve never heard of Seitan before. Nowadays, I hail Seitan every time I see it on the menu ;)! Going vegan has made us aware of so many new foods, I feel like I have more variety in my diet than ever before.


BEST Chicken-Style Vegan Seitan Cutlets

So what is Seitan? Seitan is vital wheat gluten – the natural protein found in wheat. It’s basically all gluten and no starch, so it’s not as high in carbohydrates than you would think. BUT if you have celiac disease or a gluten-sensitivity, then you will want to stay away from Seitan. For people who can handle gluten in their diets, Seitan is a great soy-free meat alternative to try.

BEST Chicken-Style Vegan Seitan Cutlets

Vital wheat gluten is 75% protein so Seitan recipes are protein-packed. Seitan has a chewy, meat-like texture and doesn’t usually taste like much unless you add seasonings. In this recipe, a serving of 2 Seitan Cutlets has almost 30 grams of protein. Plus, it’s very low in fat and completely cholesterol free.

BEST Chicken-Style Vegan Seitan Cutlets

These chicken style Seitan cutlets are SO good. They are battered, breaded, and fried in vegetable oil to create a very authentic ‘chicken’-cutlet flavor and texture.

BEST Chicken-Style Vegan Seitan Cutlets

These Seitan cutlets are the PERFECT vegan substitute for recipes like chick’n parmesan, chick’n cutlet sandwiches, chick’n rolls, chick’n piccata, chick’n and gravy, or just eaten alone with some ketchup and mashed potatoes. In this recipe, we made a simple lemon, olive oil, and vegan parmesan sauce that was DELICIOUS on top of spaghetti. I included the recipe for the lemon sauce below if you want to try it the same way we had it. We also added some steamed broccoli too… yum!

BEST Chicken-Style Vegan Seitan Cutlets

Next time we make this recipe, I’m going to try baking the cutlets instead of frying them. Frying cutlets is a traditional Italian method and they came out AMAZING but I’m curious to see how baking goes. If you try baking them for this recipe, please let me know in the comments the time and temperature and how they came out!

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Vegan Chicken-Style Seitan Cutlets
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
45 mins

The BEST Vegan Seitan Cutlets. Delicious vegan chicken-style seitan cutlets that can be used in a variety of dishes.

Course: Main Course
Servings: 4 people
  • 1 cup vital wheat gluten
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 3/4 cup vegetable broth
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3/4 cup almond milk (or other non-dairy milk)
Additional Ingredients
  • 1 cup Italian seasoned breadcrumbs (plus extra if needed)
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
Simple Lemon Olive Oil Sauce (optional)
  • 3/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup vegan parmesan cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a baking sheet and set aside.

  2. Combine Seitan ingredients in a medium-bowl. Using a large spoon, mix until combined. Once combined, knead with your hands for a minute to form an elastic dough.

  3. Separate dough into 8 roughly-equal sized pieces. Flatten each piece of dough between your hands to form a cutlet shape. Place evenly on the baking sheet and bake in pre-heated oven for 15 minutes, flipping halfway through. Let cool slightly.

  4. Add your batter ingredients in a medium-sized bowl and mix into a thick liquid.  Fill a separate, shallower bowl, with Italian breadcrumbs.

  5. In a large skillet, heat 1 cup vegetable oil on medium-high heat. Make sure the oil has heated up enough before adding cutlets. Be careful because hot oil can splash.

  6. One at a time, dip a Seitan cutlet in the batter. Shake off excess batter. Then dip the cutlet into the breadcrumbs, coating each side evenly. Then, place the cutlet into the hot oil. 

  7. Brown each side evenly, carefully checking and flipping, about 3-5 minutes on each side -- but this really depends on how hot your oil is. Use your judgment. While one cutlet starts cooking, you can batter and breadcrumb the next cutlet and place it into the pan. Don't overcrowd the pan, we capped the pan at 4 cutlets.

  8. When each cutlet is done, place it on a paper-towel lined plate to drain excess oil. Use in Seitan Cutlet recipe of your choosing 🙂

Simple Lemon Olive Oil Sauce (optional)
  1. Add all ingredients to a medium-sized bowl and whisk until combined. Serve over pasta.

Recipe Notes
Nutrition information for 2 Seitan Cutlets.

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  • Darin

    new to the world of seitan … this recipe is da bomb!!!! simple to make and ooooh freakin’ good! had it with pasta and simple tomato sauce. definitely a repeat recipe and will look into your other ones.
    thanks for posting

    May 10, 2017 at 9:31 am Reply
    • pasta-based

      So happy you loved it! It really is good and you can do basically anything you want with it. We used leftovers to make pizza rolls with mozzarella and marinara stuffed inside 🙂

      May 11, 2017 at 8:50 am Reply
  • Elaine

    This sounds amazing. Will be making tonight. Would like to know if you have ever prepared to baked, and then later battered and fried. Need something I can prep on weekends use for meal in the week. Thank you.

    May 22, 2017 at 6:00 am Reply
    • pasta-based

      Hi Elaine!

      We have not made it in advance yet, but I can’t see a reason why that wouldn’t work! Bake for the 15 minutes as recommended, and then I’m sure you can store for a few days until you’re ready to batter and fry 🙂

      Have a great day and let us know if it works out well.

      May 22, 2017 at 11:05 am Reply
  • Hanna Ahmed

    I am still not quite sure what it is, but my tummy made a noise at the pictures so guess who’s going to make those tomorrow :3

    Thank you!

    May 22, 2017 at 3:27 pm Reply
    • pasta-based

      Hi Hanna!

      Sometimes, you’ve just got to listen to your stomach 🙂 We know you will love it!

      May 23, 2017 at 8:43 am Reply
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  • Nico @ yumsome

    These look so good – my tummy is rumbling now!

    Thanks so much for contributing this to my Father’s Day round-up; the link is here if you’d like to share it across your social media…

    Have a fab weekend! xx

    June 16, 2017 at 11:50 am Reply
    • pasta-based

      We definitely will! Thanks again for the great post and you have an awesome weekend as well 🙂

      June 16, 2017 at 2:36 pm Reply
  • Frank

    A friend recently asked me, “Is there anything you still miss now that you don’t eat me?” My answer was, “a good chicken parm sub.” That no longer applies. Thank you!

    August 11, 2017 at 5:46 pm Reply
    • pasta-based

      Thanks for trying them, Frank. So happy you loved the cutlets as much as we do!

      August 14, 2017 at 12:27 pm Reply

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